You’ve not seen nothing like the mighty Cougars!

Oh fine, on the first day of the rugby league season over here for my team in the UK, lets confuse all my US readers totally! How best to describe the sport to most Americans, hmm? Best I can suggest is American Football, only a lot more kicking, and no body padding! Fine, I’m sure you can find something on You Tube, if you really want to know more.

Strictly, the top 2 divisions over here have already (just about) got under way, but the bottom division, in which my beloved Keighley Cougars play, today was the day. And yes, they started the season with a win too! Yes, Rugby League does exist below Super League, for the doubters.

I’m guessing my first visit to watch them play, was on a visit ‘up north’ when I was in my teens. Not that I had much clue what was going on back then, and in truth, probably didnt really care! But thanks to watching the sport on TV back then, with BBC providing coverage, and Eddie Waring doing the commentaries, I got hooked. So after that, whenever I was visiting the area, and they were at home, I tended to go to a game, for a giggle!

There have been a lot of bad days for the team, and some good days in the 90’s as well, and I’ve sort of followed them through thick and thin. Irony being, that since I moved up to Yorkshire, just over 12 years ago, I’ve been to 1 home game! Yes, getting there from Huddersfield, on a Sunday, by public transport, not good. But even now, there is still one rugby league result I look out for each Sunday all the same.

What, support Huddersfield? Oh please, no thanks! A lot has happened over 60 years, but one thing has never changed, the rugby league team I follow. And no, I dont expect that to change during my lifetime!

Will I ever go to a game again at Cougar Park? Who knows, would have to say its doubtful, given the travel, and given my state of health. But all the same, every Sunday, until the end, I’m sure there will be one result I look out for.

Video time. A pair of songs that actually probably predate my first visit to watch Keighley play. Certainly do those that I remember, but I might have been as a small child, and just not remember it? Yes, they’re called the Manfreds, mainly because the main ‘Mann’ has his own group nowadays. But there are more of the old group here, and as can be seen they can still sing the songs!

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My favorite golf venue of the year

You might ask how this is my favorite golf course, when I’ve never even been there, let alone ever attempted to play there? Fine, more shortly. In fact, in my life, I’ve only ever visited 2 famous golf courses, and played at both, though not on the famous courses. Yes, putting greens only, lol. Having said that, the 18 hole putting green course at St Andrews is definitely not your average dull course. Carnoustie is a more normal version, but playing on it, literally as people are walking down the 18th fairway, just a fence away from you, still quite special.

But no, the closest I’ve been to this course is on a number 2 bus, heading to, and from Pacific Palisades. Yes, the US tour is playing at Riviera Country Club this week. And yes, in truth, its not the golf course shots I love, its the location views, which the TV companies involved, deign to give us.

Its funny, if things had gone as planned that first time, I may never have visited, and fallen in love with Pacific Palisades. I was heading for Beverly Hills, assuming the bus heading in that direction went there, but it didnt. By the time, I realized I’d got it wrong, that we were well past that location, I decided to stay on the bus, and take my chance, until we arrived somewhere where I could get lunch, maybe a look around, and then, with my tail between my legs (proverbially), turn around, and head back to Hollywood. Yes, I ended up in Pacific Palisades, and fell in love with the place. I dont think it was just the reasonably priced massage parlor, that eased a few aching limbs that clinched it, though that may have helped. It was the laid back feel of the place, the wonderful views of the sea, down the canyon, and everything else that cracked it, I’m sure. Fine, a wonderful ice cream parlor might have helped too!

Since then, I’ve been back there on each of my trips, and if I get to LA again, its a certainty that PP will be visited on that trip too. Though fine, walking down, and definitely up the canyon might be less practical now, with my back!

Oh, and one other thing of golf at Riviera, long range shots of Santa Monica Pier! Not that I’ve ever ridden any ride there, but got plenty of other good memories of that pier! So fine, if they want to show a bit less of the golf this weekend, and a bit more of the locale, I for one, would appreciate it!

Right, video time. Let me say this was one of those You Tube searches, not a song thats my thing in the slightest. But given the video has lots of shots of PP, and Santa Monica, I’ll live with it!

If I Could?

Is it ironic, or depressing that I was asked today what I wanted for my 60th Birthday present, and I hadnt got a clue! I could come up with a few impossible dreams, like a new body, a fully interfacing robot suit, or a nice flying saucer, but when it comes to talking of something realistic, and practical, I hadnt got a clue! Oh, I also wouldnt mind having a share of Clara Johnson’s dancing skills for the 20’s party at Blackpool next month, on my birthday, but thats not going to happen either! A reliable public transport service would also be nice, but never going to happen!

I’d love to say my lack of ideas is because I dont need anything, but I’d be kidding you if I said that. But most of the things I might need, are boring articles like bras, shoes, and the like, and really, in truth, I would love to think that the 60 milestone should be, I dont know, more exciting than that?

Oh fine, a spectacular dress might be nice, but how often would I wear it? Especially given that most of the really spectacular dresses arent items you can just put in a washing machine to launder?

But yes, if anyone has any bright ideas what a ‘crazy’ old lady might want for her birthday, within a pretty sensible budget, feel free to suggest away. Please note, that unless you’re in a position to provide said robot suit, flying saucer, or something similar, there is no point in suggesting it, however much I might enjoy them! Just remember, I’m not in great physical health before suggesting anything too wild in that sense, either! But fine, if someone wants to tell me they can arrange for me to look like, and be able to dance like a young Clara Johnson, on my birthday, try stopping me! No, not going to happen, but I can dream…?

Seriously, if anyone can think of anything I should be suggesting, please, please let this crazy old lady know! I would say thanks in advance, but knowing that no one is going to suggest, is there any point?

Tonights video, not strictly the blog title, but close enough. A big name line up, star performance of the song!

If I believed it was the 1920’s?

Alright, I suspect there might be a few readers here who miss the more entertaining (aka weird) postings I used to make here, and dream of the old days. Certainly judging by the stats, they still seem pretty popular, so…?

Thinking forward to Blackpool next month, and the showing of Some Like It Hot, and those of us doing the 1920’s thing, as volunteers, I was just wondering what it would be like if some (or all) of the volunteers actually thought they had been whisked to modern day Blackpool, from those glorious days!

No, I’m not suggesting actual mind control devices as such, though I might not say no, but just say, for example, a hypnotist made those of us happy for it to be done to us (which obviously includes me!) think we were actually from the 1920’s? Might make any flappers even more fun to be around! No, I think my days of being a cute young flapper (without a rejuvenation machine) would be beyond me, but for some…? Not that I would say no to a full frisky young flapper makeover, mind!

I just think it might make it even more fun for the modern day public, if those ’20’s folk’ actually thought they were from the 1920’s! I know, probably the only one who would think this was fun, but you never know? Anyway, if by sheer luck, any hypnotist from Blackpool area, or someone that knows such a person reads this, then yes, I’d love it done, even if at 60, I wont be young, and not too cute! Mind, I suppose the issue of changing everyone (or just me) back again afterwards might make it all a bit complex? Ah well…?

Mind, if it didnt happen that I changed back, only after I slept, it wouldnt be the first time I’ve ‘travelled’ as a 20’s flapper! Mind, she was prepared for modern life, but I guess we would have to be this time, as allegedly at least, no one from the 20’s would know about things like cell phones lol!…angelic look…

PS If anyone in the area reading this, wants details of the evening, either comment to me, or go on Winter Gardens website, and check out Some Like It Hot night.

Video time. Old song, modern version, quite apt under the circumstances, just maybe?

Fly me to Pluto, or somewhere more exotic?

This blog is brought to you by a crazed mind, who had no internet from getting home yesterday evening, until lunchtime today. Its also a tribute to the crazy TV programs that someone here watches when he has nothing better to do as well. Yes, love you, Eric!

The thing was whatever happened to the internet here yesterday, had no effect on the main TV downstairs. However, my ancient old box upstairs sort of failed to work in sympathy, so I ended up coming downstairs this morning, because, lets face it, there wasnt anything I could do in my room.

So anyway, after some serious TV, some cricket highlights were over, the TV got turned over to what I can only call one of those crank channels (H2?), full of programs about alien abductions, and the like. Some of it absolutely crazy, some of it that makes you wonder, and fine, some that just makes me jealous!

Seriously, please, if aliens want to abduct humans for experimentation, implantation, brainwashing, or even just a quick space flight around the universe, why dont they ever abduct people like me who would enjoy it? Or is it more fun for them to abduct people who are going to hate it, perversity, or something?

Fine, I know you’re going to ask at this point, do I believe in alien lifeforms visiting Earth? I know all logic says its impossible, there are no feasibly inhabited planets in our own Solar System (for which I’m including Pluto), and even then, the time it takes our craft to even reach Mars, let alone beyond that point, not really practical, is it? At the same time, on that basis, we’re assuming alien spacecraft can travel no faster than any of ours, and lets face it, if they are smart enough to travel to Earth, from beyond where, then who is to say they cant travel at the speed of light, or faster, when it suits?

So yes, occupants of interplanetary craft (and no, thats not the video, lol, though you might wish it was!), if you need a human that would be happy to experience anything you might fancy trying, or to just impress with how fast you can coast around our solar system, then I’m your girl! PLEASE!

In a sense, I apologize for tonights video, in that its far from the greatest song of all time. But lets face it, Star Trek encountered plenty of aliens, so…

I might want to dance

Alright, the title is a total misnomer, because even if my Physiotherapy repaired my legs that dramatically, I doubt I could dance anyway, have always had 2 left feet. I’m sure Clara Johnson used up all the dancing talent going, not that I entirely blame her for doing so, lol!

So anyway, today, for about the first time in a very long time (I’m guessing 40 years minimum), today I went for Physiotherapy, relating to my right knee. Yes, as a child, when I initially damaged them, and had all the surgery on them, I’m sure I had tons of it. But in truth, since the last major ‘repair job’ in my late teens, there hasnt been anything too dramatic done with them, other than a ton of walking, but thats me!

Yes, its fair to say things have changed a bit since then, in all senses. Back then, they pretty much took the knee apart, tried to clear up most of the damage, then did their best to put it together again. Yes, all that time on, I still have scars to prove it! Nowadays, they’d probably put one of those thin tube things into the knee, small incision, and clean it up better than they did back then.

Yes, the Physiotherapy is a bit different too. There was certainly no ultrasonic devices back then to aid with reducing the inflammation, and swelling, but there was today. In truth, I knew she was doing something with my knee, but really couldnt feel anything. Then the fun began! Something conductive wrapped around the knee, a pair of electrodes, and some slowly increasing surge through my leg, especially when I stretched the joint as instructed, oh joy! Now that was fun, though fine, me, and probably only me wouldnt have minded a bit more power being used, but anyway… I know, not quite Robot Girl, but its a start!

And yes, we did discuss what I write, and things. No, I dont expect a fully electrified body suit, in metallic silver to be waiting for me next week! Would be nice, but not going to happen! The good news, she doesnt think its going to need a knee replacement op, news I was delighted to hear.

But yes, fine, if my other sessions also involve nice amounts of electricity being used on me, if only on my knee, then my recovery should be fun! 😉

OK, video time. I settled on an artist, but then I used the obvious song, it didnt sound as good as it did nearly 40 years ago, so I chose this one instead. Hence the blog title, lol

 

We dont need another hero!

Simply because the Patriots seem to have found one, and he’s not any of the big name players you would ever have heard of. Its fair to say that there may be other NFL players who do similar things in the off season, but he’s the first one I’ve heard of, and yes, I hope that he gets a well deserved Superbowl medal tonight. Because in truth, he deserves one more than Brady, Gronkowski, Belichick and co probably do. Thats not to say they dont deserve one, just that this guy has really earned his, if they win tonight, and not for what he’s done on the football pitch.

Yes, its Superbowl tonight. For my US readers, its taking place at a sane hour, and you get to watch it. Me, it starts at 11.30 pm, and I have to be in work tomorrow, so its not going to happen! Hopefully I can catch the highlights tomorrow, or Tuesday, even if I will know the score by then.

The article?

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/268116/from-making-11-an-hour-to-super-bowl-behind-the-surreal-year-for-patriots-bernard-reedy

I know, never heard of him, and lets face it, he’s only been with Patriots for about 3 months, on and off. But he’s on today, on the biggest night of the season, and thats the main thing. As I say, this piece isnt about the big names taking part in the game, though they will draw far more attention today, its about this lesser known guy, and what he does when he’s not playing football. Please note, he stayed in Tampa when the rest of the team escaped the hurricane last year, just so he could help!

There is one thing, love them, or hate them, that the Patriots have always been shrewd about, and thats picking up players rejected by other teams. Will Reedy prove to be one of those, who knows? As he says, regardless, give it a couple of weeks off, and he’s going back to his other job, regardless.

Will this make me a Patriots fan, I hear you ask? For tonight, definitely. Beyond that, who knows? Put it this way, Kate wouldnt have to work too hard at present for that to happen. I know, I’ve supported Buffalo for decades, but in truth, I’ve seen so much ghastly racist, and white supremacist stuff posted on their fan boards this season to feel comfortable about being involved with them any more. Logical options for me would be one of the Los Angeles teams, or Kansas City, but fine, a feelgood story like this, then well…?

But yes, definitely for tonight, go Patriots, if only for Bernard Reedy! Of course, if Kate wants to ‘convince’ me to make it more long term, I’m more amenable at present than ever before, just saying… 😉 Mentioning Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma could work. 😉 A joke that she might get, but others wouldnt, just saying…

You might have worked out the video from the title, if you havent, why not? This is quite a stunning live performance from 2009 though, not the original video. Yes, I think Clara might have enjoyed some of those outfits lol!